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Study finds that 85% quit social games after one day

I just learned the term churn from our recent article on social game makers and how they track players . The term came up again today in a Gamasutra article on a new report from social game analysis firm Playnomics.

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Study: Just over half of Japanese developers turn a profit

The last couple of years have been tough on Japanese game developers, according to a recently released study ( PDF ).

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Million-Dollar Grant Seeks to Spark Young Gamers’ Interest in Science [Science]

The National Science Foundation is funding a project at N.C. State University [pictured above] to develop a video game that helps improve computer science knowledge retention in middle school kids.

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Study: Gamers are worse drivers than normal people

A study by Continental Tyres claims that regular gamers are crappy drivers when compared to those who don’t indulge in our favorite past-time. The poll quizzed 2,000 motorists between the ages of 17 and 39 to reach its conclusions.  The study finds that gamers are twice as likely to take risks, speed, run red lights and make insurance claims following accidents

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Bejeweled Proposed As A Clinical Treatment For Depression And Anxiety [Science]

While more mainstream video games are under fire for causing depression , a new study at East Carolina University finds that playing casual puzzle games is an effective way to combat clinical depression and anxiety. Guess who underwrote the study?

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Games Might Not Desensitize Us To Violence After All [Science]

The “video games desensitize children to violence” argument is a popular weapon in the arsenal of the anti-violent video game crowd.

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ESA goes on offense regarding ‘flawed’ video game study

The Entertainment Software Association recently issued a press release calling the credibility of an article which will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics (which we’re sure you all subscribe to) into question. The article is penned by Iowa State professor Douglas Gentile, whose previous essays attempt to link gaming with addiction and alcoholism .

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Action games improve ‘real-world’ skills, researchers suggest

“So what?” you might be thinking, “I don’t care about the real world.” Hey, we hear you. But! What if you could get those nagging loved ones off your back? A host of new studies could prove an important bargaining chip in convincing your parents, partners and pad-mates that you really should keep playing Black Ops in lieu of other activities, productive or not

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Study says phone gaming on the rise, while PSP and DS ‘stagnate’

The battle for mobile gaming supremacy rages on! While the traditional purveyors of mobile gaming, Nintendo and Sony, iterate with the 3DS and PSP2 respectively, newcomers like Apple, with its increasingly ubiquitous iOS offerings, Google, with its Android OS, and even Microsoft, with its recently launched Windows Phone 7 platform, offer a compelling (and, for now, more technologically powerful) alternative. And, if data from market research firm Interpret is to be believed, this alternative is waxing, while PSP and DS use wanes.

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Survey: 80% of gamers willing to use 3D glasses

According to a recent survey, 80% of people are willing to play games while wearing 3D glasses. This study contradicts previous polls which have always indicated an aversion to 3D glasses and a general indifference toward the technology in general.  Of those polled, 65% already owned an HDTV and 35% of them were planning to upgrade to a 3DTV.

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